Jamesville sewer system will stamp out contamination in Butternut Creek

Congressman Jim Walsh announced July 26 that a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go towards installing a new sanitary sewer system in the village of Jamesville. The pipeline will serve approximately 100 homes on North Street, South Street, Route 173 and Jutland Drive.

Town engineer Mike Kolceski said that while the project is well underway from a design standpoint, construction in the village of Jamesville would begin next spring, at the beginning of the 2008 construction season. Kolceski, who works with the engineering firm O'Brien and Gere, said the project would take about six months but will not produce detours or affect traffic in the village

The project will, however, affect village taxes. The projected cost for each single-family house is about $625 a year. About half of this cost, Kolceski said would go toward the capital cost of the facilities as well as the operation and maintenance costs, and the other half will go to the county for transmission and treatment of the sewage.

Alan Rockblake, who lives and operates a small business on Route 173 in the village, speculated that the new sewer system was installed as part of the plans for a new coal burning plant, a proposal that several Jamesville residents have been lobbying against.

Town Supervisor Jim DiStefano said in an interview that the proposal to build a coal burning plant in Jamesville had nothing to do with the sewer project, and went on to state that he did not think it would happen in Jamesville at all.

"[The new sewer system] will be a win-win situation for all the businesses and homeowners who have to pay to get their septic tanks pumped," DiStefano said. "It's going to be nothing but a positive thing for Jamesville."

Plans for the project were finalized after a $687,000 loan was secured via a Rural Development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kolceski said the rest of the funding for the $1.75-million project came from federal grants. Last year USDA Rural Development invested more than $250 million to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure in rural New York. Since 2001, USDA's total investment in the state exceeds $1.2 billion.

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